Petra Bryce

Advanced Professional Member
Location CRADLEY, Herefordshire
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proofreading on hard copy, on-screen proofreading (PDFs [Adobe comments, BSI symbols, Ziflow], in Word [Track Changes]), proofreading against copy, proof correction checks, proof collating, proofreading in English translation, on-screen copyediting, copyediting in English translation, familiarity with US spellings and style conventions, anglicisation, proofreading German, copy-editing German, native speaker checks (German), limited translations (English–German)


books, illustrated books, picture books, multi-author books, bilingual books, translated books


freelance since January 2012

Previous training

  • CIEP hybrid conference (2023) – online delegate
  • CIEP hybrid conference (2022) – online delegate
  • CIEP Word for Practical Editing distance learning course (2021)
  • SfEP 30th annual conference Birmingham (2019)
  • SfEP 29th annual conference Lancaster (2018)
  • SfEP mini-conference Bristol (2018)
  • SfEP Introduction to Fiction Editing distance learning course (2018)
  • Publishing Training Centre (PTC) Basic Editing distance learning course (2017) – pass
  • PTC Grammar at Work distance learning course (2017)
  • SfEP Practical Mark-up of PDFs workshop (2017)
  • SfEP/Society of Indexers 1st joint conference York (2015)
  • SfEP proofreading mentoring scheme (2014)
  • PTC Basic Proofreading distance learning course (2013) – merit
  • SfEP Proofreading Problems study day (2012)
  • Chapterhouse Proofreading and Editorial Skills distance learning course (2011)


Adult general non-fiction (art history, modern history (Second World War, Hitler, Third Reich), popular science, medicine, biology, nutrition, biography, memoir, general knowledge, films, travel, antiques, sport, psychology), collected prose, poetry, children's general non-fiction (biography, science, anatomy, environmentalism, mental health, special educational needs, history, natural history), adult fiction (historical fiction, historical mystery, historical thriller, science fiction, fantasy, short stories, contemporary fiction, literary fiction, translated fiction), children's fiction/illustrated children's fiction (fantasy, adventure, diary, humour, supernatural, anthology, short stories), poetry, YA fiction (thriller, crime, supernatural, fantasy), educational (GCSE revision [in German or English], German language teaching, ELT [esp. for German speakers])

Recent clients

Faber, Penguin Random House Children's, Studio Press (Bonnier Books), Black Dog Press, Templar Books (Bonnier Books), British Museum Press, whitefox Publishing, Folens Publishers

Other relevant information

In November 2013 I set up the Three Counties group, one of the CIEP's local groups, encompassing the counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and was its coordinator until November 2017. From November 2017 until July 2020 I was a tutor for the introductory and Headway courses for proofreading and copy-editing offered by the CIEP.


I was delighted to have Petra proofread my manuscript – the fifth edition of How to Market Books. No author likes to think they need editing, and having the obvious errors (single noun, plural verb – did I really write that?) pointed out can be a stressful, if not humiliating experience. Petra was tactful and considerate throughout, and her list of queries showed how deeply she was concentrating. At one point, while going through her list, I had to resort to a cup of tea in order to fully admire the extent of her engagement. In short, my work was better for her involvement, and I am very grateful to Routledge for allocating her to me.

Alison Baverstock, author of How to Market Books (5th edn)

My copy-editor, Petra Bryce, demonstrated outstanding professionalism and skill.

Richard Davis, author of Hamas, Popular Support and War in the Middle East: Insurgency in the Holy Land

Our experience with Petra Bryce has been very positive. She delivered a great end product with an excellent turnaround. I highly recommend her.

August Felix, SEI Healthcare

Petra, thank you. I was under pressure from my publisher and suffering 'second album syndrome' with my new book.

Your diligence and speed has helped me feel much better about the whole affair. Not only that, I am delighted that I was able to 'modify a noun' – I didn't know I had it in me.

Drew de Soto, author of Know Your Onions: Web Design